Job 5:3
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New International Version
I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.

New Living Translation
I have seen that fools may be successful for the moment, but then comes sudden disaster.

English Standard Version
I have seen the fool taking root, but suddenly I cursed his dwelling.

New American Standard Bible
"I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.

King James Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have seen a fool taking root, but I immediately pronounced a curse on his home.

International Standard Version
"I myself saw a fool becoming established, but I suddenly cursed where he lived.

NET Bible
I myself have seen the fool taking root, but suddenly I cursed his place of residence.

New Heart English Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have seen a stubborn fool take root, but I quickly cursed his house.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have seen the foolish taking root; But suddenly I beheld his habitation cursed.

New American Standard 1977
“I have seen the foolish taking root,
            And I cursed his abode immediately.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have seen the foolish taking root, but at the same time I cursed his habitation.

King James 2000 Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

American King James Version
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

American Standard Version
I have seen the foolish taking root: But suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have seen a fool with a strong root, and I cursed his beauty immediately.

Darby Bible Translation
I myself saw the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

English Revised Version
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

World English Bible
I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Young's Literal Translation
I -- I have seen the perverse taking root, And I mark his habitation straightway,
Study Bible
Eliphaz Continues
2"For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple. 3"I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately. 4"His sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer.…
Cross References
Job 24:18
"They are insignificant on the surface of the water; Their portion is cursed on the earth. They do not turn toward the vineyards.

Job 31:30
"No, I have not allowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in a curse.

Psalm 37:22
For those blessed by Him will inherit the land, But those cursed by Him will be cut off.

Psalm 37:35
I have seen a wicked, violent man Spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil.

Jeremiah 12:2
You have planted them, they have also taken root; They grow, they have even produced fruit. You are near to their lips But far from their mind.
Treasury of Scripture

I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

taking.

Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Psalm 37:35,36 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like …

Psalm 73:3-9,18-20 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

Psalm 92:7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of …

Jeremiah 12:1-3 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

cursed.

Deuteronomy 27:15-26 Cursed be the man that makes any graven or molten image, an abomination …

Psalm 69:25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.

Acts 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, …

(3) I cursed.--The word means, "I was able to declare distinctly, and I did declare without hesitation, that his lot would be as follows." All these general results of experience have the sting of insinuation in them that they contain the key to Job's unfortunate condition. There is secret unsoundness there which is the cause of the manifest and open misery. It is impossible that a man so stricken should be otherwise than, for some unknown reason, the guilty victim of the righteous wrath of a just judge.

Verse 3. - I have seen the foolish taking root. The "I" is emphatic. "I myself have seen," etc. What Eliphaz had seen was that folly, i.e. sinful infatuation, was always punished. It might seem to prosper: the foolish man might seem to be taking root; but Eliphaz was not deceived by appearances - he saw through them, he knew that there was a curse upon the man's house, and so pronounced it accursed. And the ruin which he had foreseen, it is implied, followed. But suddenly; rather, immediately, without hesitation. I cursed his habitation; i.e. "pronounced it accursed, declared that the curse of God rested upon it?" I have seen the foolish taking root,.... Such foolish wicked men as before described; those Eliphaz had observed to prosper in the world, and increase in riches, and even to have attained to a seeming stability and firmness, as if they would ever continue in such happy circumstances, see Jeremiah 12:2; by this he would obviate an objection that here might be raised and made against the assertion he was proving, that wicked men are afflicted and punished of God for their sins; whereas it is notorious that they are not in trouble as other men, but in very prosperous and flourishing circumstances; this he grants is their case for a while, as he had observed, but in a short time they pass away, they and their substance disappear, and are no more seen, as follows:

but suddenly I cursed his habitation; not that he wished ill to him, or imprecated evils upon him; for cursing and bitterness only fit the mouths of wicked men, and not good men, among whom Eliphaz must be allowed to be; but he immediately thought within himself, as soon as he saw the flourishing state of the wicked, that the curse of the Lord was in their houses, as in Proverbs 3:33; that they and all they had were under a curse, and that God find given them what they had with a curse, and had cursed all their blessings; which makes the difference between a good man and a wicked man; the one has what he has, his cottage and his small substance, with a blessing; the other his pleasant habitation, as the word (r) here used signifies, his stately palace, rich furniture, and large estates, with a curse; or he prognosticated, he foresaw, and could foretell, and that without pretending to an extraordinary spirit of prophecy, that in a short time the curse of God would light upon him, and upon his house, see Zechariah 5:3.

(r) "pulchritudini ejus", V. L. "commodam ejus", Cocceius; "amoenam", Schultens. 3. the foolish—the wicked. I have seen the sinner spread his "root" wide in prosperity, yet circumstances "suddenly" occurred which gave occasion for his once prosperous dwelling being "cursed" as desolate (Ps 37:35, 36; Jer 17:8).5:1-5 Eliphaz here calls upon Job to answer his arguments. Were any of the saints or servants of God visited with such Divine judgments as Job, or did they ever behave like him under their sufferings? The term, saints, holy, or more strictly, consecrated ones, seems in all ages to have been applied to the people of God, through the Sacrifice slain in the covenant of their reconciliation. Eliphaz doubts not that the sin of sinners directly tends to their ruin. They kill themselves by some lust or other; therefore, no doubt, Job has done some foolish thing, by which he has brought himself into this condition. The allusion was plain to Job's former prosperity; but there was no evidence of Job's wickedness, and the application to him was unfair and severe.
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